Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials,
hospital price-fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious
efficacy—these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current US
health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide,
preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take
time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of
successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared
understanding of the primacy of the relationship between doctor and patient.
Hadler shows us that a new approach is necessary if we hope to improve the
health of the populace. Rational health care, he argues, is far less expensive
than the irrationality of the status quo.
Taking a critical view of how medical treatment,
health care finance, and attitudes about health, medicine, and disease play out
in broad social and political settings, Hadler applies his wealth of experience
and insight to these pressing issues, answering important questions for citizen-patients and policy makers alike.
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